Rafa Benitez: My heart says yes to stay at Newcastle but my brain says otherwise

Newcastle United fans show their support for Rafael Benitez
Newcastle United fans show their support for Rafael Benitez

Rafa Benitez has admitted his heart is telling him to stay as Newcastle United manager – but that his brain is urging him to ‘analyse’ the situation.

The Spaniard, who took over at St James’s Park in March, has a break clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club this summer after their relegation to the Championship.

The club’s fans chanted his name constantly during the surprise 5-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park, but Benitez says he is still undecided about his future.

“I said before the game that I am really pleased with the fans, the staff, and people here,” Benitez told BBC Sport. “My heart is telling me yes [to stay], it is a great opportunity, city and club but my brain is saying to analyse what is going on.

“I am really open to talking and see what happens. I have been in football all this time you want to be sure people love you and if you work hard that they recognise that you are trying your best and I have this here.

“I knew that every day when I walk in the streets. Everyone is so positive and the atmosphere today doesn’t surprise me too much.

“They were supporting for 90 minutes, I knew it would be like this and that is why I am so open to keep on talking.”